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Is the PMP Important?

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How important is it for the project manager to have the PMP credential? Will it really enhance his PM career and increase his salary and position? Is the importance of the PMP (from the project manager's perspective) inversely proportional to the project manager's experience?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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I think it's important, but not because it makes the project manager a better project manager, but because of the increased salary (on average, PMPs are paid more than non PMPs, see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1268/what-will-be-my-salary-increase-when-i-become-a-pmp ), and because it's one of the most sought after certifications! Also, a PMP can play a very favorable role when it's time for a promotion.

As for your last question, I do not agree with you. I think the more experienced  the project manager is, the more he's into the world of project management, which includes getting all the certifications that he can (I know one program manager who is one of 3 persons to have all the PMI certifications)!
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
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The main purpose of the PMP credential is to certify that the project manager has had some minimal level of training and experience and is able to pass a test that is a demonstration of that knowledge. Salary studies show that PMPs make more money.  While it seems logical that the greater experience would put less emphasis on the PMP, that is often not the case and I've found that hiring managers want to see the PMP as part of the qualifications.
answered 7 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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